The White House announced this morning that President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, Japan later this month. He will become the first sitting president to visit the location where the United States dropped the infamous atomic bomb at the end of World War 2.
According to The New York Times, Obama’s trip has been “hotly debated” among White House staffers for months, since his advisors are well-aware that his visit could look like an apology for America’s actions back in the mid-20th century. In an attempt to get out ahead of this criticism, the president’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, Benjamin J. Rhodes, posted an explanation to Medium. He said:
“He will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II. Instead, he will offer a forward-looking vision focused on our shared future.”
Of course, this trip will surely meet plenty of criticism, probably from every side of the aisle.
Aaron Cline Hanbury is a contributing editor for RELEVANT. You can follow him on Twitter at @achanbury